Is the BCS trying to tell us something?

The BCS: Chartered Institute for IT has a long and distinguished record in promoting excellence in IT but it's not the first organisation that comes to mind when it comes to health matters. So it's a bit of surprise to receive a communication about its Savvy Citizens campaign providing health tips.  

Of course, it is the new year when thoughts turn to losing a few pounds, cutting back on the booze and fags and doing more exercise but do IT professionals need special prompting?  Surely the image of the grizzled old techie in the basement surrounded by pizza cases and coke cans is an old one. Hell, some are even rumoured to be teetotal these days.

Not to be outdone, Techworld has its own top five health tips.

1) Look after your blood pressure
Don't answer any support calls from marketing,. There's a 50 percent chance it will be something inane and it wil

2) Take some physical exercise
Why waste money on gym membership or expensive weights? Moving a couple of blade servers across the office and back again will do wonders for one's back strength and muscle development. And don't listen to anyone telling you that wireless is the way forward, inserting Ethernet cable into RJ-45 sockets will improve flexibility no end

3) Cut down on alcohol 
Never go out drinking with anyone from sales. And if you do, make sure there are plenty of aspirins and coffee in the office for the next day

4) No late-night coding...
...unless you're moonlighting for a company that's going to make your fortune. Or you're being paid triple time...or both.

5) Get plenty of sleep
If you're on the help desk, switch the phone to silent and all your problems disappear, if you're under the desk installing kit, take the opportunity for a nap. Remember, a rested techie is a healthy techie

All joking aside, the BCS tips are excellent guidance - I'd certainly be interested in seeing a roomful of techies singing "The Wind beneath my Wings". The IT industry doesn't have a good reputation for a healthy lifestyle so it's a useful way forward.